Monday, November 4, 2019

What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump at Lincoln Center

The anthology, What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump, will be the centerpiece for a group poetry reading on Friday, November 8, 2019, at 7 pm David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City.

A chorus of powerful contemporary voices in U.S. poetry who have contributed to the book will be joining the book’s editor, Martín Espada - Denice Frohman, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, John Murillo, Willie Perdomo, Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Nicholas Samaras, Patricia Smith, Lauren Schmidt, Afaa M. Weaver, Elisabet Velasquez, and many more.

What Saves Us: Poems of Empathy and Outrage in the Age of Trump is an anthology of poems about much more than Trump. These are poems that either embody or express a sense of empathy or outrage, both prior to and following his election. There is an extraordinary diversity of voices. They speak of persecuted and scapegoated immigrants. They bear witness to violence, from police brutality against African Americans to mass shootings. They testify to poverty. There are voices of labor, in the factory or the fields. There are prophetic voices, imploring us to imagine the world we will leave behind in ruins lest we speak and act.

However, this is not merely a collection of grievances. The poets build bridges, taking back the language, resisting the demagogic corruption of words themselves, asserting our common humanity.

Martín Espada (Editor) has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist, and translator. His latest collection of poems is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed. He is the recipient of the 2018 Ruth Lilly Prize, and the editor of the groundbreaking anthology Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination.

Books will be available for purchase after the reading.

This celebration of a seminal anthology of political poems is presented in association with Northwestern University Press and Mil Mundos Books and will be hosted by Rich Villar.

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